Sr. Trooper Pilot Michael Clyde began his career with the Iowa State Patrol in 2005 and was assigned to the Capitol Police District. Michael was then promoted to Trooper II and assigned to the Executive Protection Unit. While on the EPU he provided worldwide protection for Iowa’s First Family and visiting dignitaries. After a four-year term on the EPU he was assigned to patrol duties in Iowa’s busiest district, Des Moines. While assigned to patrol duties Trooper Clyde was tasked with additional responsibilities as an FTO, Technical Accident Investigator, Background Investigator, Technical Flight Officer, and Crisis Negotiator. In 2017 Trooper Clyde was promoted to Senior Trooper Pilot with the Iowa State Patrol Airwing.
Trooper Clyde currently serves as the Area A Team Leader for the Patrol, and has written and facilitated numerous training scenarios as well as facilitated Statewide training events. He has spoken and presented nationally on the topic of “Roadside Negotiations”. Trooper Clyde serves on the Board of the Iowa Crisis Negotiators Association, and is a member of the National Tactical Operators Association.
As much as Trooper Clyde loves the field of negotiation, he also loves his other full-time job of Husband and Father of four. Trooper Clyde has a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University.